No, I’m not starting a second career. As of this writing the trumpconspiracy.org domain is available1 and I’m not grabbing it. I thought about it briefly a few days ago, before I heard that the Senate is going to hold hearings on Russia’s role in the recent presidential election. Trump conspiracies are certainly a juicy topic with lies abounding, sealed documents (Trump’s tax returns), Clinton campaign email hacking that almost certainly leads back to Russia, Trump’s business dealings with Russian oligarchs and of course, Trump’s recent selection of a Secretary of State with close ties to Russia.
I decided against a new blogging topic because I’m biased. I got into Obama conspiracies at a time when I had barely heard of Barack Obama. All I could have told you about him in the Summer of 2008 is that he was a Democratic Senator from Illinois who gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention 4 years prior that was well received, but that I hadn’t heard. At that time I supported Clinton. Could Obama have been born in Kenya and thus ineligible? I would have said I didn’t know. I dug in and found that the conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama were utter nonsense. I came to my conclusions initially without much bias, which is why I trust them.
Trump, on the other hand, sets off alarm bells in my head every time he opens his tweet2. I already believe that if it weren’t for the combination of Democratic emails being hacked and fake news, Trump would not have won the election. Whether Russian security services actually altered votes after they were cast is a dubious proposition both because it would be hard to do and because the downside risk of discovery would be far too great.
I’ll be interested in the details coming out of the Senate investigation, and chances are very high that I will trust what comes out of them. I won’t be starting a new blog.
Two quotes from Donald Trump, the first from the Washington Post:
“I don’t believe they interfered” in the election, he told Time magazine this week. The hacking, he said, “could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”
Was it a birth certificate? You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows.